I just come back from a 1 week stay in Malapascua. I've been to Boracay before (disappointing) and wanted to try Malapascua. The island is way more relax. Less tourists but, unfortunately, there is also a lot of people trying to sell you stuff, snorkeling trips, massages, fruits. There is a lot of young kids, 7 to 12 years old, sent by their parents to sell rubish to tourists (bracelets and necklace). It's really disturbing. One of them even stole our inflatable matress... The beach itself is looking good, but there is a lot of algae very close to the shore. With low tide, it's impossible to swim. This is caused by pollution. I was also very disappointed to see a LOT of garbage in the water. Plastics, glass, you name it. All this at 5 meters of the shore in front of the best resorts of the island. One could think these resorst could hire someone for a few days to pick this trash but they don't. Other thing I didn't like, there is way too many boats everywhere. Every 5 minutes there was a noisy boat passing through. They are very loud because of their poor engines and they take a lot of space to the swimmers because they are parked directly on the shore. Malapascua is sadly becoming a new boracay, a new tourist trap. If you plan to stay there because someone told you this is one of the best beach in the world, you might reconsider.
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